I am sitting in a beautiful window seat overlooking lush green jungle eating paradise pie for breakfast -how blessed am I?! My first paradise pie creation: papaya guava pie with plum jam these pies are SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS. The beauty of these pies is that they are completely natural no artificial anything, no excess fat or sugar, no flour, nothing but goodness!!!! When I get home you’ll have to come over and get you some!
Yesterday, Aris and I went to Panama City. It has been a while since I’ve even left the jungle so it was nice to get “off the island” so to speak. It was a bit over stimulating at first especially with the change in air pressure and the smog but so worth it. I fell in love with the city. We were in the neighborhood that guide books warn you against but I was in heaven! The music, the beautiful people milling about with no particular place to go, the ambiguous shops selling everything from thermoses to saddles.
I bought a $6 swimsuit and a $16 machete. Oh yes friends that’s right I am now the proud owner of a machete. It is mostly for cutting open coconuts and of course bushwhacking if the opportunity arises. I got to watch the shopkeeper sharpen it and everything! BLISS seriously this place is fantastic!
Aris and I got on the bus to Cerro Azul after a long day in the city. It was hot and sweaty and immediately I cursed the fact that I didn’t bring my ipod. I needed to escape…..I then remembered my teachings at the Shambhala Center in Burlington and realized that rather than escape I could remain fully present in the moment even if somewhat uncomfortable. I decided to experiment with tonglin meditation. Inspired partly by the lovely Ashonda (one of three true angels I’ve met here at sunfire) and by the Tibetan book of living and dying. So I expanded the feelings I was experiencing and breathed in all of my discomfort and agitation. I then breathed out a blessing. This turned to my blessing every person on the van and picturing a beautiful rosy light pouring all over each of us and out the windows to the houses we passed. I breathed in and breathed out a wish that everyone on the bus would experience a little magic in their lives and for beautiful things to happen to them. So I’ll never know if that meditation practice had any affect but I am pretty sure that I for one was glowing when we finally reached our destination and began the walk home.
A couple links for info on tonglin: http://www.innerself.com/Meditation/weiss_andrew_60604.htm) http://www.whitecranejournal.com/wc01065.htm
Last and definitely least…. I decided it was time to do something about my hair. It has been severely damaged, knotted and borderline matted out here. I thought of just cutting it all off for a few moments but my commitment issues prevented that impulse. So, also inspired by aforementioned beautiful one, Ashonda, I spent four hours braiding my hair the other day. No it isn’t boderek-esque and I don’t love it but hopefully it’ll grow on me. It is MUCH MUCH easier! So braids it is probably for the rest of my trip.
As for today, Aris and I will do some work on the theories behind Sunfired cuisine as well as healing properties of raw foods. There is a beautiful woman here working on an organic garden and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn with her and get my hands dirty. I‘ll bring my machete out just in case !!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE
This place is incredible!! I swim in the river daily -sometimes with a suit ;O There is nooooo one around its just me and the butterflies. I went for a run in the warm rain this afternoon and stopped for an impromptu dance party in the middle of the jungle. Footloose requires a little high knee wild arm action. Singing and dancing in the rain in the middle of the jungle I am so lucky to be alive.
I have to say I am completely spoiled with all of this great fresh fruit and all of these heavy hitting appliances I have yet to purchase ie Excalibur and Vitamix. I am seriously in love! The Excalibur is my #1 When I get home the Craigslist American Harvest I bought on a whim last year is getting the heave ho! Sorry baby, its been fun but I have bigger fish to fry….. Er crackers to dehydrate?
I have all kinds of great ideas that are literally bursting from my brain I am just trying to keep up. I am really excited to take all of this sunfired knowledge back home with me…. eventually.
Until then, there is more traveling to be done. I am soaking up this easeful vibe and getting ready to depart in a couple of weeks to travel around panama and possibly costa rica and who knows where else. I am also thinking of going to Vilacamba Ecuador for the raw food gathering in April. I know I said I’d be home but I get out here and I just can’t bear the idea of returning to the frigid northeast. If anyone wants to join me I’d love it! Memere that includes you! Surfing, snorkeling and much beach bumming are on the itinerary. My girl Kaffka should be joining me soon to hit up Bocas and CARNIVAL!
As my time with Aris dwindles, I will be looking forward to finding ingenious ways to live the raw lifestyle on the road. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I never thought I’d say this but it may get old eating coconut and mango every day. Thanks to Aris and his mostly fruitarian lifestyle, I am not too worried about eating only fruit since that is what we do from 5am-12 here. No problemo. Although, I have to admit, sometimes a girl needs a big ol nut burger!!
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This blog is written in the spirit of embracing life. I am thoroughly enjoying my newest adventure of living foods and lively travel !!
Living fully is about accepting every experience with grace and meeting all that we encounter with a kind smile and loving heart.